Good Morning, Brooklyn: Monday, June 27, 2022
REP. MALONEY PRAISES PASSAGE OF BIPARTISAN GUN LAW: While elected and community leaders were addressing Friday’s SCOTUS decision on abortion rights, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-12) praised the passage the previous day in both the Senate and House of Representatives of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act. “For the first time in decades, Congress finally found common ground to help stem the tide of gun violence. After we heard pleas from victims and family members begging Congress for action, this bipartisan package takes critical steps to make sure dangerous weapons do not fall into the wrong hands by bolstering background checks, closing the boyfriend loophole, and increasing resources for mental health services.”
Maloney added that Congress took a bold step to curb gun trafficking by cracking down on straw purchasers — an effort that I have championed for more than a decade. Ultimately, this bill is about saving lives and I look forward to the President signing this swiftly into law.”
STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL ASSURES NEW YORKERS OF ABORTION RIGHTS HERE: Following the Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, Attorney General Letitia James advised New Yorkers of their rights under New York’s Reproductive Health Act of 2019. She issued an advisory in multiple languages reminding New Yorkers that abortion has legal and robust protections in New York state.
In 2019, the state legislature passed the Reproductive Health Act, codifying the protections of Roe, and guaranteeing access to a safe and legal abortion.
GOVERNOR LAUNCHES PUBLIC EDUCATION CAMPAIGN ON NY ABORTION RIGHTS: Following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson that wound up also overturning the constitutional right to an abortion, Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Department of Health launched a, multi-platform, paid public education campaign to ensure New Yorkers — and all Americans —know that, in New York State, abortion remains safe, legal, and accessible. The statewide campaign includes multi-platform advertising efforts and a new website, providing a single destination for information about abortion rights, providers, supports, and payment options in New York.
To expand access to education, the State has launched a new website to provide the public with a one-stop source of information about abortion access and reproductive health care. The new website includes details on abortion rights, providers, treatment options, and resources for mental health support and payment.
ATTORNEY GEN. JAMES RECOVERS MONEY FROM CRUISE LINE OVER DATA BREACH: Attorney General Letitia James and a group of 45 of her counterparts in other states have recovered $1.25 million from Carnival Cruise Line (Carnival) for compromising the personal information of thousands of employees and consumers. Their investigation found that a 2019 data breach exposed the personal information of 180,000 Carnival employees and customers nationwide, including 6,575 New Yorkers, who will receive $44,092.12 in penalties that Carnival must pay New York.
According to Attorney General James’ office, Carnival waited until March 2020 to publicly report the data breach in which an unauthorized actor gained access to certain Carnival employee email accounts, names, addresses, passport numbers, driver’s license numbers, payment card information, health information, and a relatively small number of Social Security numbers.
IPS NEWS: HIGH SCHOOL LOTTERY PROCESS PLACING HIGH ACHIEVERS IN STRUGGLING SCHOOLS GETS COLTON’S IRE: Assemblymember William Colton (D – Gravesend, Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, and Dyker Heights) is enraged with the DOE’s lottery high school admissions process, on the grounds that families are complaining to him that all 12 of their school choices were rejected. “Children that are members of the National Junior Honor Society, or the ones that have high achievements report cards, or straight “A” students, were not screened accurately and were placed into schools that have low academic performance or cannot accommodate the students’ talents or interests. The DOE’s lottery high school admission process has destroyed many students’ dreams,” Colton declared.
Colton said, “My office has been attempting to assist families who have come to us with complaints and the DOE responses have been unacceptable. Therefore, I am calling on all the parents to unite and protest these outrageous policies which are hurting so many vulnerable children.”
PUBLIC COMMENT BEGINS ON PLANS FOR BROWNFIELD SITE: The public is invited to comment on a draft work plan that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (NYSDEC) is reviewing to investigate a brownfield site at 73 – 99 Empire Boulevard, within Community Board District 9, covering Crown Heights. The investigation will define the nature and extent of contamination in soil, surface water, groundwater and other affected parts of the environment, after previous investigations detected semi-volatile organic compounds (SVOCs) and metals in soil onsite.
NYSDEC is accepting written comments about the Draft RIWP for 30 days, through July 23, 2022, via the DEC info Locator: https://www.dec.ny.gov/data/DecDocs/C224343/.
FREE SUMMER MEALS FOR YOUTH: The New York City Dept. of Education begins its free Summer Meals program tomorrow, June 28, enabling breakfast and lunch to continue beyond the instructional school year (except on July 4). Anyone aged 18 or under is eligible for the meals, which include fresh fruit, whole grains, vegetables, and salads and Halal ingredients.
Designated public schools, community pool centers, parks, and food trucks will be open for service (visit Find A Location Search (https://www.opt-osfns.org/schoolfoodny/meals/Default.aspx. No registration, documentation, or ID is necessary to receive a free breakfast or lunch meal.
ORTHODOX UNION RE-ARTICULATES STATEMENT ON ABORTION: The Orthodox Union (the umbrella organization of Orthodox Judaism reiterated its statement on abortion in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision on the Constitutional right to an abortion. Saying that is “unable to either mourn or celebrate the U.S. Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade,” the OU, which first issued a statement after the draft ruling was leaked to the media, wrote, “We cannot support absolute bans on abortion — at any time in a pregnancy — that would not allow access to abortion in life-saving situations.”
“Similarly, we cannot support legislation that does not limit abortion to situations in which medical (including mental health) professionals affirm that carrying the pregnancy to term poses real risk to the life of the mother.”
MAX ROSE RALLIES OVER SCOTUS RULING: Congressional candidate and former 11th District Congressmember Max Rose joined other elected officials and partner organizations to host Saturday evening outside the office of Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11) in wake of Roe v. Wade being overturned.
Scheduled to join him were City Councilmember Justin Brannan (D-43/Bay Ridge); State Sen. Andrew Gounardes (D-22/Southern Brooklyn); District Leader Chris McCreight; District Leader Joanne Seminara and the Bay Ridge Democrats.
IPS NEWS: MAX ROSE DENOUNCES MALLIOTAKIS’ ‘NO’ VOTE ON SAFER COMMUNITIES ACT: Max Rose, who is running for Congress to regain his former 11th District, last week rebuked Rep. Nicole Malliotakis (R-11/Southwestern Brooklyn) for voting against the bipartisan Safer Communities Act gun violence legislation that President Biden has since signed. “Against all odds, Democrats and Republicans in Congress came together to try and stop gun violence in this country — except Nicole Malliotakis,” whom he accused of “playing politics with our children’s lives.”
Max Rose is a veteran who served in the war in Afghanistan, earning a Purple Heart and Bronze star for his service.
MALONEY: SENATE MUST PASS LGBTQI+ DATA INCLUSION ACT: Ahead of yesterday’s Pride Parade in Manhattan, Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney (D-12/northern Brooklyn), former Councilmember Daniel R. Dromm, and LGBTQI+ activists rallied to urge immediate Senate passage of the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act. The bill ensures that lawmakers and federal agencies have the comprehensive data they need to advance policies that better serve LGBTQI+ people by requiring federal surveys to include data collection on sexual orientation, gender identity, and variation in sex characteristics, on a voluntary basis, to gauge disproportionate rates of poverty, housing instability, adverse physical and mental health outcomes, discrimination, and other issues in this community.
On Thursday, June 23, the House passed the LGBTQI+ Data Inclusion Act to commemorate Pride Month.
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